All of our 2016 EverGreen Farm CSA memberships are full. Workshare positions are also filled. Taking names for Workshare memberships in the event of a cancellation.
As of today, April 1st, we have 1 CSA membership available. I'm holding it for a new Workshare. Details below. (Some of our sign-up paperwork was removed when our shares sold out. Please contact me directly if you are interested.)
We totaled up our CSA sign-ups last night and it looks like things are falling into place nicely. We have reached our minimum goal for Workshare helpers and based on this, we have firmed up the total number of shares we feel comfortable selling - there is ONE CSA share available for purchase at this time. Please contact me ASAP if you are interested. Sign-up paperwork is below.
If we get more Workshare sign-ups, we may be able to sell more shares and feed more people in our local community. This is the reality of operating a Community Supported farm.
Our 2016 CSA memberships are on the verge of being FULL! Act NOW!
I will remove all sign-up paperwork from this blog when we've reached maximum capacity. Any memberships received after we've filled up will be returned (or possibly put on a waiting list).
Thanks for your support!
2016 EverGreen Farm CSA Memberships
are now available for purchase
Tara, walking through the garlic, June 2009.
EverGreen Farm CSA shares are limited and sold on a first-come, first-serve basis. We encourage you to sign up ASAP! Membership updates will be posted regularly to this blog and our Facebook page until we sell out.
The cost of a membership is $600. There is also a one-time $50 delivery fee for shares being delivered each week to Jackson. A minimum payment of $200 will reserve your membership, with the balance due by April 1, 2016.
We plan to start harvesting produce by mid May and continue weekly deliveries through mid October.
For more detailed information about EverGreen Farm and our upcoming CSA season, please download our 2016 CSA Sign-Up Form or contact us directly.
(CSA shares are sold out. Sign-up paperwork has been removed. Contact us directly for more information.)
How to sign up for a 2016 CSA membership:
Sign up for our Workshare Program!
We are seeking individuals who are interested in helping on our farm 4 to 5 hours each week in lieu of paying for a CSA membership. This is for folks who enjoy gardening and will literally work for food (plus many other perks).
For more information, please download our 2016 Workshare Contract or give us a call.
How to apply for a Workshare position:
We are happy to answer any other questions. Please feel free to contact Tara at 307 884 6423 or tara @ svwy . net.
I am so happy to report that all the details are in place for us to move forward with planning a fabulous 2016 season - including finding a new volunteer to help drive the shares to Jackson each week! Yahoo!!!
In your share this week:
This is your LAST CSA share of the 2015 season. Week #22!
All of this great food at nearly the end of October! What a beautiful abundance and blessing! We are so grateful for the mild weather that has been good on the crops and that has allowed us to work these last few weeks in relative comfort and ease.
I am SO appreciative of our wonderful Workshare crew that has helped me each and every week for the last 6 months! This is a BIG commitment from a handful of people who sometimes work in challenging weather, on days when they could be recreating or with family, or who could just as easily buy the food instead of giving of their valuable time and energy! Workshares, our hands-on weekly farm help, are essential to the daily operations and success of this CSA farm. I hope each of you appreciate that there are real people growing and harvesting your food each week. People who care enough to literally "Work for Food" at EverGreen Farm - a worthy cause! (We even have the T-shirts to prove it!) Some great friendships are formed while picking vegetables. Even now, as I try to express my sincerest THANKS for their help, my words feel very inadequate.
We've literally dug up, cut, or picked the last of many of our crops for this week's share. There are a few remaining foods that helpers can glean from in the coming weeks as they come to the farm for "Operation CLEAN UP!" There is a LOT to do to get a farm ready for our long, snowy winters in mountains.
22 weeks of fresh, organic produce! All grown at 6,545 feel elevation and in a year with only 38 frost free days. We have so very much to be proud of (and grateful for). Out of the approximate 30 varieties of vegetable and herbs we grew throughout the season, only 4 did not do well and many of our crops did exceptionally well.
So what's next? Well, I have an appointment for a 90 minute massage tomorrow! Then this weekend we are taking a small family vacation to Jackson. The guys are looking forward to the Ski Swap on Saturday. I'm looking forward to dinner at The Rose to taste the culinary genius of Executive Chef René Stein, who was a Workshare at our farm this year. (Really! A chef who cares enough about the food he prepares that he takes the time to help grow and harvest it!) Next week we start "Operation Clean Up" to get as much put away, weeded, etc. before the snow flies.
Looking ahead to 2016 is also on my mind. I've gone through every emotion imagineable in the last 2 months after accepting the fact that some things aren't working out so well. (I'm a red head, maybe a bit stubborn. I give it all I got before saying something isn't working.) It's not so much the weather or the money. Our biggest challenge is securing enough help to run a farm of this nature, a CSA farm. This fall has been hard on me personally, physically, emotionally. The work load is beyond what I can manage. We've spent 12 years creating and perfecting a CSA farm (which requires a LOT of organization) only to have it struggle because of not having enough help. Shain's teaching responsibilities and requirements have increased to the point where he is unable to work on the farm much in the fall. We also realize our family is getting older (parents and children) which means we either want to or need to spend time away from the farm with family related activities and concerns. We have the knowledge, experience, and all the infrastructure to continue operating at our current size, but we are short on help. Only half of our current Workshare crew has said they can return next year. We've overcome some pretty big challenges over the years, but I've never filled that many empty Workshare positions between seasons. It seems the logical thing would be to adjust the size of our CSA accordingly, selling fewer shares to match the number of helpers we can reasonably count on. There are some other ideas floating around as well. The only thing I have decided on is that I'm not going to make a decision while there is still so much work to complete. For me, it's better to make important decisions when my heart and mind are clear to think, feel and receive much needed inspiration.
Something about farmers - we have a hope for the future because we've seen over and over how the universe works - Mother Nature's process from beginning to end. I've planted seeds and reaped the rewards. I've seen many times that when one crop fails, another excels. I've seen hard work in the spring yield amazing results in the fall. I've watched people rally together to accomplish things bigger and better than imagined. I've seen miracles. I don't know what the future brings for EverGreen Farm or the Saberon family. I've spent enough time morning what I've perceived as a personal loss. I'm now trying to see this as a fresh start. We have hope for something that is sustainable for our own personal lives and that continues to bless the lives of those in our community.
Our very best to you all and thank you so much for your support!
Have a great week and ENJOY your veggies!
Love, Tara & Shain
P.S. Information regarding 2016 will be posted to this website and our facebook page as soon as it is available.
In your share this week:
* Last of the season
With only one CSA harvest remaining, it's probably pretty obvious that we are giving out the last of many of our crops. A month ago, I wrote up a list of all the crops remaining on the farm and then drew columns for each harvest week through the end of the season. Then I started filling in the columns with the various crops to get a picture of how we could pull off such a task at hand. The warm weather has given us quite a boost in food production well into October and I wanted to make sure we took advantage of the situation. I'd say, my plans are working out rather well, thanks to Mother Nature and the great help from our Workshares.
There was one day this week when my best of plans didn't go as expected. When you wake up to find out it was 24 degrees on a night that wasn't supposed to drop to 24 degrees, well, you have to be flexible. My plans for Monday morning were completely altered when I checked over all the crops on that day's harvest list only to find them frozen solid. Ummm.... crew of workers here.... only 2 weeks left in the season.... everything is frozen.... now what? Let's do carrots! They are supposed to be a special treat for the last week of the season, but what else can we do today? Carrots it is!
Obviously, not EVERYTHING was frozen, or this newsletter would be a very sad story. Most greens can rebound after a freeze, especially if it was for only one night. All our other crops managed fairly well with double covers and heaters. Sadly, the last picking of French fillet beans didn't make it. The plants froze even with the row covers. Salad mix is also quite sensitive and doesn't come back so quickly after freezing. I'm hoping for one more harvest next week, but it's very questionable.
Meanwhile, they picked over 100 pounds of tomatoes this week! Enough for everyone!
Have a great week and ENJOY your veggies!